DesOEQ Kickoff Meeting

Our kickoff meeting will be held from October 25-27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The deadline for registration is Friday 6th October, and registration is available here.

The conference will take place in the Technology & Innovation Centre at University of Strathclyde (see map).

Technology & Innovation Centre
99 George St
Glasgow, G1 1RD

All queries should be directed to:


Invited Speakers:
Tommaso Calarco (University of Ulm)
John Martinis (Google)
Leticia Tarruell (ICFO, Barcelona)

Kai Bongs (University of Birmingham)
Thierry Giamarchi (University of Geneva)
Elham Kashefi (University of Edinburgh)
Wolfgang Ketterle (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Peter Zoller (University of Innsbruck)

DesOEQ investigators:
Nigel Cooper (University of Cambridge)
Andrew Daley (University of Strathclyde)
Zoran Hadzibabic (University of Cambridge)
Dieter Jaksch (University of Oxford)
Stefan Kuhr (University of Strathclyde)
Ulrich Schneider (University of Cambridge)
Robert Smith (University of Cambridge)

Draft Agenda

Wednesday 25th October
10:00am – Welcome from the Principal of the University of Strathclyde, Prof. Sir Jim McDonald
10:15am – Overview of the DesOEQ project (Prof. Andrew Daley)
10:45am – Invited Speaker 1
11:30am – Invited Speaker 2
12:15pm – Lunch and networking
2:00pm – Invited Speaker 3
2:45pm – Invited Speaker 4
3:30pm – Coffee break
4:15pm – Invited Speaker 5
5:00pm – Break
6:30pm – Civic Reception (City Chambers, Glasgow)

Thursday 26th October
9:00am – Presentations from the DesOEQ investigators
10:30am – Coffee
11:00am – Presentations from the DesOEQ investigators
12:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Poster Session
4:00pm – Meetings of the Advisory board and Management committee
6:30pm – Meeting Dinner (Merchants House, Glasgow)

Friday 27th October
9:00am – Invited Speaker 6
9:45am – Invited Speaker 7
10:30am – Coffee
11:00am – Invited Speaker 8
12:00pm – Closing Discussion
12:30pm – Lunch

Travel & Accommodation

Travelling to Glasgow

By Plane

Glasgow Airport (GLA) is the main airport serving the city of Glasgow, with a few direct flight connections from the U.S. and Europe. From the airport, the fastest way to reach the workshop venue is to take the Glasgow Shuttle (bus line First 500)  (single £7.50/return £10.00), and to get off the bus on “after Cathedral Street” (see map below). Taxis are also available at the airport (the fare to the Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre should be about £25).

Edinburgh Airport (EDI) serves many national and international destinations and is also very well connected to Glasgow. Citylink Air provides a direct service (45 to 60 min transit time – single £11.40 / return £18.60) from Edinburgh Airport to Buchanan Bus Station in the centre of Glasgow (see map below). If train is preferred, the Airlink (Service 100) connects the airport to Waverley railway station in Edinburgh, where trains to Glasgow Central Station are available (see the National Rail website)

Prestwick International Airport (PIK) – A train to Glasgow Central Railway Station takes 50 minutes.

By Train

The workshop venue is the Technology & Innovation Centre of University of Strathclyde. For information on trains to and from Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow Queen Street Station, please refer to the National Rail website.

By Car

If you come by private car please note that there is free parking available. There are however Glasgow City Council and NCP car parks near the Campus, but charges will apply.


The Premier Inn is located in Glasgow City Centre, close to the workshop’s venue, Technology & Innovation Centre. Prices range from £35 to £109 per night.

187 George St,
Glasgow, Lanarkshire G1 1YU
+44 871 527 8440

The workshop venue is located at the heart of Glasgow, and there is a wealth of other possibilities for accommodation. We list here a selection of hotels located closest to the venue (they can be found on the map below).

and many others can be found on your favorite booking website (e.g., etc.)
Further information can be found at following websites: Glasgow Information Centre and PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW.